The NFL quarterback has evolved from the slow-footed pocket passer to the break-neck, dual-threat QBs of today, like Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. And who can blame them? Defenses are getting bigger and faster each season. It’s survival of the fittest at its finest.
One online sportsbook has pitted these dual-threat QBs against each other with an interesting prop, setting odds on which quarterback will have the most total touchdowns – passing + rushing – in the 2013 NFL season.
Select QBs are matched up in head-to-head props, with oddsmakers setting TD spreads for each one. Here are some of the most notable dual-threat battles available for betting:
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (-1) vs. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (+1)
These two young exciting QBs each finished with eight rushing touchdowns in 2012, however, Newton started all 16 games for the Panthers and Kaepernick only got the call after Alex Smith went down, starting seven games for the Niners while making limited appearances in six others. He also added three rushing scores in the postseason.
Newton connected for 19 passing TDs and threw the ball 485 times in 2012. Kaepernick recorded 10 passing scores and had only 218 attempts. This season, he’ll have a full camp with the first team and has more weapons than Newton downfield, even with Michael Crabtree on the shelf.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (-2) vs. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+2)
Wilson was among the stellar class of rookie passers in 2012, throwing for 26 TDs and tacking on an additional four scores with his legs. Seattle is hoping the addition of speedy wideout Percy Harvin can spark more downfield looks in 2013.
Freeman overcame a poor 2011 with 27 passing touchdowns last season but failed to find the end zone on the ground, posting a goose egg in rushing TDs after recording four in 2011. With RB Doug Martin emerging as a real red-zone threat, Freeman found himself handing the ball off rather than scrambling for paydirt.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (-6.5) vs. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (+6.5)
Kaepernick had the element of surprise last year, stunning defenses with his incredible two-way play. Opponents, especially those in the NFC West, are watching tape and drumming up ways to contain CK all summer and some experts are forecasting a step back from his 2012 production, especially with a turnover in talent in the WR corps.
Tannehill is getting nearly seven TDs in this prop. He passed for a dozen scores and ran for two more in his first season in Miami – only four total TDs less than Kaepernick. The Dolphins gave Tannehill a true No.1 option in WR Mike Wallace and also added WR Brandon Gibson and TE Dustin Keller to the receiving corps this offseason. The running game takes a hit with RB Reggie Bush gone, which means Tannehill could see plenty of QB keepers inside the 20-yard line.
Odds provided by UWin.com. All players priced at -114.